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David Quinn: RTE should shine a light into non-clerical abuse

Published 02/12/2011 | 05:00

A DISPUTE of sorts broke out this week between Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) over the issue of media bias.

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Archbishop Martin had said that he didn't think there was a general anti-Catholic bias in the Irish media. The ACP agreed that it would be wrong if "all media are tarred with the same brush in the way that priests are", but complained again of the bias it believed was shown in the Fr Kevin Reynolds case.

There was a good opportunity this week to ascertain whether there is still a problem of bias at RTE and it came in the form of the station's coverage on Wednesday of the audits of child-protection procedures in six Catholic dioceses.

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